milieu interieur


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milieu

 [me-lyuh´] (Fr.)
surroundings; environment.
milieu extérieur [me-lyuh´ ek-sta″re-ur´] external environment.
milieu intérieur [me-lyuh´ an-ta″re-ur´] internal environment; the blood and lymph in which the cells are bathed.

mil·ieu in·té·ri·eur

, milieu interne
the internal environment; the fluids bathing the tissue cells of multicellular animals.

milieu intérieur

[aNterē·œr′]
the basic concept in physiology, originated by Claude Bernard, that multicellular organisms exist in an aqueous internal environment composed of the blood, lymph, and interstitial fluid that bathes all cells and provides a medium for the elementary exchange of nutrients and waste material. All fundamental processes necessary for the maintenance and life of the tissue elements depend on the stability and balance of this environment.

mil·ieu in·té·ri·eur

, milieu interne (mil-yu an[h]-ter-ē-ur, in-tārn)
1. Internal environment.
2. The fluids bathing the tissue cells of multicellular animals.

milieu

[Fr.] surroundings, environment.

milieu extérieur
external environment.
milieu intérieur
internal environment; the interstitial tissue fluid and lymph in which the cells are bathed.